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Panasonic brings ancient Ephesus to life in immersive museum

Panasonic DLP laser projectors were chosen by the Ephesus Experience Museum, Selçuk, Turkey, for their 4K resolution and high brightness, essential for the large-scale projection

Panasonic’s DLP laser projection technology has been installed at the Ephesus Experience Museum in a ground-breaking installation to bring the ancient trading city of Ephesus back to life as an immersive experience for visitors. Located in the historically rich area of Selçuk, Turkey, this newly built sustainable museum in the pine forest of the important archaeological site uses 123 Panasonic DLP laser projectors to help create an immersive, multi-sensory experience.

It can now be revealed that the entire project, which spanned 26 months and involved up to 150 experts from around the world, was completed in August 2023. Panasonic says the use of various lenses, including Ultra Short Throw lenses, allows for flexible installation and optimal image quality without shadows.

In a particularly popular exhibit, 90 Panasonic DLP projectors and an advanced speaker system recreate an ancient earthquake, offering visitors a dramatic and memorable glimpse into the past.

The museum offers visitors a comprehensive exploration of Ephesus’ history, from its founding to its peak as a major urban centre. Guided by a storyteller in 17 languages, visitors journey through three distinct rooms, experiencing the ancient city through advanced audio-visual technology.

The museum’s multi-sensory features include 360-degree projections, 3D soundscapes, and atmospheric effects like fog and scents, which together create a vivid, engaging, and educational experience.

Eda Bildiricioglu, CEO of DEM Museums, commented: “The Panasonic projectors have been fundamental in achieving our vision of an immersive historical experience. Their reliability and quality have allowed us to bring the story of Ephesus to life in a way that captivates and educates our visitors.”

Ancient Ephesus, a UNESCO World Heritage site, was one of the most important trading centres in the Mediterranean region. Ephesus Experience Museum, owned by Republic of Türkiye Ministry of Culture and Tourism and developed and operated by DEM Museums, enhances the visitor experience at the archaeological site.

The Ephesus Experience Museum , operating since August 2023, was awarded the Best Museum category earlier this year at the US Mondo-Dr Awards which honour prestigious projects in the exhibition and hospitality sector worldwide.

The project was a collaboration between Panasonic Connect Europe and distributor and system integrator Astel Profesyonel Goruntu Sistemleri, with the support of content creation by Marshmallow Laser Feast and exhibition design by Atelier Brückner.